Who’s watching the books in Rotterdam
Under New York state town law, the finance director/comptroller must submit a monthly report of all receipts and disbursements to the town board for approval before payment.
These must be approved by the town board and filed with the town clerk.
Over the last 10 months, only three reports have been issued for approval by the Rotterdam Town Board for the 2021 budget.
Resolution 154.2, for police disbursement and 192.2 and 242.2 for diesel and gas disbursements.
There were no other detailed reports issued for town receipts and disbursement for the 2021 budget.
In addition, the finance director issued a letter in July to all current town employees that gave them the option of getting paid for any unused sick or vacation time. Previously this was a benefit only when leaving employment.
This agreement, or MOA, with the four unions was signed by the supervisor in August. Per the union contract, the town board has to approve any changes/MOA with a resolution at an open forum. To date, no such resolution exists.
I filed a Freedom of Information Law request and discovered that 57 employees took advantage of this option, at a cost to the taxpayers of over $430,000.
Who’s guarding the town checkbook? Not the town board.
Limo task force has much work to do
Just over three years ago, a stretch limousine crashed in Schoharie County, claiming the lives of 20 people.
The October 2018 crash was the nation’s deadliest transportation accident in nearly a decade.
Our community still aches for the tremendous loss experienced by our families, friends and neighbors. My thoughts are with all those who have been forever hurt by this tragic loss.
Since then, I’ve been working to overhaul our state’s transportation regulations, including the recently appointed Stretch Limousine Passenger Safety Task Force.
The task force will prepare a comprehensive report on the safety of limousines in our state and make additional recommendations for improvement.
While Gov. Kathy Hochul only recently took action to make the needed appointments for the task force to begin its work, something that the previous governor had put off for nearly two years, it’s important that this work move forward expeditiously.
This task force will go a long way towards protecting passengers and drivers alike and help prevent future tragedies.
I look forward to seeing their report soon and continuing my work to protect our communities.
The writer is a state Assemblyman for the 111th district representing areas of Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties.
Moskowitz offers necessary change
It seems that the town of Niskayuna has been in the news quite frequently lately, and not for anything good.
And it also seems that all of the negative publicity comes back to one common root — our current Town Board.
Perhaps this Election Day, voters should remember that we need change. We need someone in office who will listen to and address our concerns, even if it doesn’t personally or politically benefit them, their family or their friends.
I hope you’ll join me on Nov. 2 in voting for Jason Moskowitz. His career in public safety shows his dedication to our community, and with no political experience, he will hear our voice, not the voice of corruption. According to his website, he has campaigned on the platform of separating politics from small town government and his campaign efforts have been refreshing to say the least. He’s exactly the change we need to put Niskayuna on the right track.
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